Wishing I Could Read You For The First Time #BEspring19

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The daily topic today is, Wishing I could read you or the first time, hosted by Clo @ Book Dragons.  If you would like more information on the Bookending Spring event, it is hosted by Sam at FictionallySam and Clo at Book Dragons. Stop by and check it out. 

Wishing I Could Read You For The First Time

I can honestly say I have never reread a book before. It hasn’t been something I have thought about much as there seems to always be a great new book that I want to read. But, if I were to reread a book, I think that I would reread Girl on the Train, Gone Girl and Gone with the Wind. These three books have been by far my favorite reads and I wouldn’t mind sitting down to read them again, to enjoy them as if it were the first time I was reading them. That would be time well spent.

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What book or books would you want to reread as if it were the first time?

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Bookending Spring 2019 | Spring Releases #BEspring19

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It’s April and it’s time for Bookending Spring 2019!

#BESpring19

This is my first time participating in a Bookending event and I have to say that I’m pretty excited about it!  If you’re unfamiliar with Bookending Events (like I was) you can find all of the details over at Sam @FictionallySam and Clo@BookDragons. You can also check out the announcement post over here.

This will be a month-long event.  So for every day in April, there is a host and a topic that is already chosen.  You can see a full list here. If you are interested in participating, you can still sign up.  Come and join the fun!


Today’s topic is:

2019 Spring Releases

Hosted by:

 Jayati @ It’s Just A Coffee Addicted Bibliophile 


Here are the books that I’m looking forward to this spring…

Miracle Creek by Angie Kim *Available 4/16/19

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My husband asked me to lie. Not a big lie. He probably didn’t even consider it a lie, and neither did I, at first . . .

In rural Virginia, Young and Pak Yoo run an experimental medical treatment device known as the Miracle Submarine—a pressurized oxygen chamber that patients enter for therapeutic “dives” with the hopes of curing issues like autism or infertility. But when the Miracle Submarine mysteriously explodes, killing two people, a dramatic murder trial upends the Yoos’ small community.

Who or what caused the explosion? Was it the mother of one of the patients, who claimed to be sick that day but was smoking down by the creek? Or was it Young and Pak themselves, hoping to cash in on a big insurance payment and send their daughter to college? The ensuing trial uncovers unimaginable secrets from that night—trysts in the woods, mysterious notes, child-abuse charges—as well as tense rivalries and alliances among a group of people driven to extraordinary degrees of desperation and sacrifice.

Angie Kim’s Miracle Creek is a thoroughly contemporary take on the courtroom drama, drawing on the author’s own life as a Korean immigrant, former trial lawyer, and mother of a real-life “submarine” patient. Both a compelling page-turner and an excavation of identity and the desire for connection, Miracle Creek is a brilliant, empathetic debut from an exciting new voice.

The Invited by Jennifer McMahon *Available 4/30/19

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In a quest for a simpler life, Helen and Nate have abandoned the comforts of suburbia to take up residence on forty-four acres of rural land where they will begin the ultimate, aspirational do-it-yourself project: building the house of their dreams. When they discover that this beautiful property has a dark and violent past, Helen, a former history teacher, becomes consumed by the local legend of Hattie Breckenridge, a woman who lived and died there a century ago. With her passion for artifacts, Helen finds special materials to incorporate into the house–a beam from an old schoolroom, bricks from a mill, a mantel from a farmhouse–objects that draw her deeper into the story of Hattie and her descendants, three generations of Breckenridge women, each of whom died suspiciously. As the building project progresses, the house will become a place of menace and unfinished business: a new home, now haunted, that beckons its owners and their neighbors toward unimaginable danger.

A Good Enough Mother Bev Thomas *Available 4/30/19

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Ruth Hartland is a psychotherapist with years of experience. But professional skill is no guard against private grief. The mother of grown twins, she is haunted by the fact that her beautiful, difficult, fragile son Tom, a boy who never “fit in,” disappeared a year and a half earlier. She cannot give up hope of finding him, but feels she is living a kind of half-life, waiting for him to return.

Enter a new patient, Dan–unstable and traumatized–who looks exactly like her missing son. She is determined to help him, but soon, her own complicated feelings, about how she has failed her own boy, cloud her professional judgement. And before long, the unthinkable becomes a shattering reality….

An utterly compelling drama with a timebomb at its core, A Good Enough Mother is a brilliant, beautiful story of mothering, and how to let go of the ones we love when we must.

The Last Time I Saw You by Liv Constantine *Available 5/7/19

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Dr. Kate English has it all. Not only is she the heiress to a large fortune; she has a gorgeous husband and daughter, a high-flying career, and a beautiful home anyone would envy.

But all that changes the night Kate’s mother, Lily, is found dead, brutally murdered in her own home. Heartbroken and distraught, Kate reaches out to her estranged best friend, Blaire Barrington, who rushes to her side for the funeral, where the years of distance between them are forgotten in a moment.

That evening, Kate’s grief turns to horror when she receives an anonymous text: You think you’re sad now, just wait. By the time I’m finished with you, you’ll wish you had been buried today. More than ever, Kate needs her old friend’s help.

Once Blaire decides to take the investigation into her own hands, it becomes clear that all is not as it seems in Baltimore high society. As infidelity, lies, and betrayals come to light, and tensions rise to a boiling point, she begins to alienate Kate’s friends and relatives with her relentless, accusatory questions, as she tries to find Lily’s killer. The murderer could be anyone—friend, neighbor, loved one. But whoever it is, it’s clear that Kate is next on their list. . .

In The Last Time I Saw You, Liv Constantine takes the lightning pace of The Last Mrs. Parrish and raises the stakes, creating an exquisitely tension-filled and absorbing tale of psychological suspense in which innocent lives—and one woman’s sanity—hang in the balance.

The Guest Book by Sarah Blake *Available 5/7/19 

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No. It is a simple word, uttered on a summer porch in 1936. And it will haunt Kitty Milton for the rest of her life. Kitty and her husband, Ogden, are both from families considered the backbone of the country. But this refusal will come to be Kitty’s defining moment, and its consequences will ripple through the Milton family for generations. For while they summer on their island in Maine, anchored as they are to the way things have always been, the winds of change are beginning to stir.

In 1959 New York City, two strangers enter the Miltons’ circle. One captures the attention of Kitty’s daughter, while the other makes each of them question what the family stands for. This new generation insists the times are changing. And in one night, everything does.

So much so that in the present day, the third generation of Miltons doesn’t have enough money to keep the island in Maine. Evie Milton’s mother has just died, and as Evie digs into her mother’s and grandparents’ history, what she finds is a story as unsettling as it is inescapable, the story that threatens the foundation of the Milton family myth.

Moving through three generations and back and forth in time, The Guest Book asks how we remember and what we choose to forget. It shows the untold secrets we inherit and pass on, unknowingly echoing our parents and grandparents. Sarah Blake’s triumphant novel tells the story of a family and a country that buries its past in quiet, until the present calls forth a reckoning.

Which 2019 Spring Releases Are You Excited For?

Let me know in the comments below or feel free to reach out on social media.

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March Recap

Blog Update

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This year seems to be flying by! I don’t know how it can possibly be April already! Thank you to those of you that follow, read, comment and like posts on The Bibliovert.  I appreciate it!  This blog started as a way to keep track of the books I’ve read and to share my thoughts. It has become so much more than that because of you. I want to thank you for that support! ❤

Monthly Recap

Reading

In the month of March, I completed six books and didn’t finish one.

Readathon

This last weekend ( 3/30-3/31 ) I participated in a mini-readathon called #8inTwo.  This was coordinated through @25in5 on Instagram.  It was great fun! Saturday I was able to complete 4 hours and 20 minutes.  However, Sunday, when I went to pause my timer, I realized I had cleared it out. So, in all honesty, I’m not sure how much reading was completed on Sunday.  I do know that I didn’t make the full 8 hours. But, it was fun anyway. It was a great chance to interact with others that were completing this readathon and a good excuse to curl up with a book and read.

Reading Challenge Status (*through 3/2019)

Goodreads Reading Challenge *Click here for details on the challenge

  • My goal for this challenge is: 40Goodreads
  • Number of books completed this year: 14
  • Number of books completed this month: 6
    • Beautiful Bad by Annie Ward
    • The Perfect Girlfriend by Karen Hamilton
    • How Not To Write Bad by Ben Yagoda
    • The Bookshop by Penelope Fitzgerald
    • The Night Before by Wendy Walker
    • The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod
  • Number of books left to complete the challenge: 26

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  • My goal for this challenge is: 30
  • Number of books completed this year: 9
  • Number of books completed this month: 3
    • How Not To Write Bad by Ben Yagoda
    • The Bookshop by Penelope Fitzgerald
    • The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod
  • Number of books left to complete the challenge: 21

Library Love Challenge by Angels Guilty Pleasures (Any book borrowed from the library in  any format *Click here for details on the challenge)

  • Library Love 2019My goal for this challenge is: 12
  • Number of books completed this year: 6
  • Number of books completed this month: 1
    • How Not To Write Bad by Ben Yagoda
  • Number of Books Left to Complete: 6

Goals for April

  • Read 4 books
  • Continue with WWW Wednesday posts *hosted by Taking on a World of Words
  • Continue with First Line Friday Posts *hosted by It’s Not Hoarding If It’s Books
  • Work to be more interactive on Twitter and Instagram
  • I am going to attend my first book club! This is exciting, yet nerve-wracking.
  • I am jumping back into blog tours! I’m currently scheduled for one at this time, but there may be more depending on openings and availability that fit the niche of The Bibliovert.
  • Bookending Spring 2019 Event: I will be participating in this event that is put on by Sam and Clo, with the collaboration of some other amazing bloggers.  If you’re interested in learning more about this event, visit Fictionally Sam.

 

How are you doing on your reading goals for 2019?

What are your goals for April?

 

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January and February Recap

Blog Update

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This year seems to be flying by! I don’t know how it can possibly be March already! Thank you to those of you that follow, read, comment and like posts on The Bibliovert.  I appreciate it!  This blog started as a way to keep track of the books I’ve read and to share my thoughts on books. It has become so much more than that because of you. I want to thank you for that support! ❤

Going forward I will be posting recaps at the end of each month.  This will be the first one of the year. So, this post will encompass the monthly reading recaps from January and February, an update on reading challenges to date, and goals for March.

Monthly Reading Recap

In the month of January, I completed 2 books.

In the month of February, I completed six books.

Reading Challenge Status *Through 2/2019

Goodreads Reading Challenge *Click here for details on the challenge

Beat The Backlist hosted by The Novel Knight (Any book published in 2018 or before  *Click here for more details on this challenge.)Button for the 2019 Beat The Backlist hosted by Novel Knight

Library Love Challenge by Angels Guilty Pleasures (Any book borrowed from the library in  any format *Click here for details on the challenge)

Goals for March

  • Read 4 books *2 that are ARCs due to be reviewed in March
  • Get ahead of my ARCs so that I have them read, reviewed and scheduled to post a month in advance.
  • Continue on with WWW Wednesday posts *hosted by Taking on a World of Words
  • Continue with First Line Friday Posts *hosted by It’s Not Hoarding If It’s Books
  • Work to be more interactive on Twitter and Instagram

 

How are you doing on your reading goals?

What are your goals for March?

 

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2018 | A Year In Review

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On May 31st, 2018 I started on this book blogging journey. I really had no idea what I was getting myself into or how much I would truly enjoy blogging. These were months of learning and the book community was so very helpful! I’m also thankful for all of you.  It’s a delight to be a part of this as I don’t think there is another community like this. It’s amazing!

I do this as a hobby and it has given me an outlet to share my love of books, and for that I’m thankful. 

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As I get into the recap of 2018, I prefer just to state the numbers instead of it being wordy. So, here it is…

2018 | A Year In Review

In 7 months and a day, I accomplished the following:

Blog Posts  (62 total posts) which included:

  • 23 book reviews
  • 10 blog tours
  • 16 of 25 blogmas posts

Reading Challenges

  • 24 in 48 Reading challenge (hosted by 24in48.com) The next one is coming up the end of January (Check it out)
  • 20 Books of Summer hosted by (746Books.com) You can read the results of this challenge here

NetGalley

  • Feedback ratio of 61%
  • Approved for  18 books / 10 books reviewed

Goodreads (also started on May 31, 2018):

 

 

Thank you for being on this journey with me! Here’s to a great 2019!

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How did 2018 treat you?

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Beat the Backlist Reading Challenge

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Is your TBR out of control? Need help catching up on all the books you’ve missed the last few years? Then the Beat the Backlist reading challenge might be for you! It is a reading challenged to help those with ever-growing TBR lists. The challenge runs from January 1st, 2019 through December 31, 2019. It is hosted by Austine over at NovelKnight.com. 

This year I am joining her, and many others, in this challenge hoping it will help me knock a few of my books on my ever TBR list.  If you’re interested in finding out more about Austine, who is running Beat the Backlist challenge, you check out her social media sites below.

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In trying to break down my reading challenges for 2019, I have set a Goodreads goal of 40 books this year, and a minimum of 12 books need to be from the library (I’m also participating in the Library Love Challenge. hosted by Angela at Angel’s Guilty Pleasures). So,  for this challenge, I’m setting a goal of reading 20 books from my TBR pile.  That leaves an opening for 8 books that I may want to purchase/read throughout the year.

My goal for this challenge is to read 20 books that are currently on my TBR list. Just a few of those books are reflected below.

 

 

 

Have you read any of these books?

 

Are you participating in a reading challenge this year?

 

Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

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Blogmas #8: Stocking Stuffers for Book Lovers

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It is always nice to get small little gifts that can be used each day in their bookish adventures.

Here are a few fun ideas:

  • Fun Bookmarks   (buy here
  • Bookish Socks (buy here)
  • Pocket Notebooks/Journals (buy here)
  • A gift card to a local, independent bookstore

BUT No matter the time of year, a book lover can always use these to help get through that next chapter…

  • Coffee!! Why? Because it’s coffee, and you get to support small business! I have personally ordered coffee from Bell Lap Coffee before and it is fabulous (and no… I was not asked or compensated to say that… But it is fabulous!) Definitely check them out!! (buy here)
  • Godiva Truffles (buy here)
  • Abdallah Chocolates (buy here)

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What are you hoping to find

in your stocking this Christmas??

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*I am not affiliated with any of these companies and receive no kickbacks to promote or mention them.  The companies that I chose were personal preferences.

 

Blogmas #6: Gift Ideas for the Blogger in Your Life

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Are you looking for a gift that special blogger in your life? Here are just a few gift ideas. I have included links to where you can buy these gifts for your convenience. Most of the links are to Amazon.  This is just a personal preference.  These items can be purchased at other locations as well. I do not gain anything by you choosing to use Amazon or any of the other links.

Books

Blogging and entrepreneurship is hard work.  Why not learn and gain some insight from others.

Blogging Tools 

Any of the following would be a nice addition to a blogger/entrepreneur’s desk.

  • Classic Notebooks/Journals (Buy here: Amazon)
  • Planner Box Kit (Buy here: Amazon)
  • Moleskine Notebook (Buy here: Amazon)
  • Blog and Editorial Calendar (Buy here: Amazon)
  • EPIC BLOG: One-Year Editorial Planner (Buy here: Amazon)    

  • Portable Charger (Buy here: Amazon)
  • Noise canceling earphones/buds (Buy here: Amazon)
  • Phone Tripod with Remote (Buy here: Amazon)

Mugs

Why….because of coffee! 😉 And who wouldn’t want a cute mug?!?

  • Little Miss Blogger Mug (Buy here: Amazon)Amazon)
  • You Got This ~Coffee  (Buy here: Amazon)
  • She Believed She Could So She Did (Buy here: Amazon)

Self-Care

Most blogger/entrepreneurs spend most, if not all, of their free time working on their side hustle.  Why not treat them to some rest and relaxation?

  • Bookish Candles (Buy here: Amazon)
  • Yankee Candles (Buy here: Amazon)
  • Woodwick Candles (Buy here: Amazon)
  • A gift card, to their local salon, to get a mani/pedi
  • Aromatherapy Kit (Buy here: Amazon)
  • DammIt Doll (Buy here: Amazon)

I hope this list helps you in finding the perfect gift for the blogger in your life.

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Happy Holidays!

Blogmas on The Bibliovert

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Blogmas #4: My 5 Favorite Things About the Holiday Season

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The Holiday Season is HERE! Below I have listed my top 5 favorite things about the holiday season that help me to get into a Christmasy mood.

1. Time spent together with family and friends.

No matter who you are spending the holidays with, enjoy your time together. Relax, have fun, and be present.

Smile! Christmas holiday Family Portrait

2. Festive Decorations

Each year the family and I take a night and just drive around and look at Christmas lights. We have done this since our children were little. It is something we all look forward to each year! The lights on the houses and the trees in the window all lit up, are always a site to see.  It can’t help but get us in a Christmasy mood.

Christmas Decorations - Decorating a CHristmas Tree

3. Holiday Music

There is such an array of Christmas music now that there seems to be something for everyone’s taste in music, whether you prefer the traditional or non-traditional music.

Singing Christmas Music

4. Holiday Food and Treats

It is always fun getting together with family and baking Christmas cookies! It seems that food is always present when there is a gathering.  It brings people together.

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5. Holiday Traditions

There is nothing like walking through the mall hearing the “joy” of little kids going to sit on a strangers lap in a costume that scares the crap out of them.

Seeing Santa - Holiday Traditions

During the holiday seasons, traditions surround all of us. From those that go and cut down a tree, to a traditional Christmas morning breakfast with the family. Whatever they may be, we all hold our traditions close to our hearts.

What are your favorite things about the

holiday season?